Suffredin- Changing County Government  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
  Cook County is the second most populous county in the nation. It is the 19th largest government in the U.S.
   
     
     
     



New housing ordinance to stop discrimination now in effect

Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Chicago Crusader

A Cook County ordinance that was passed to stop discrimination against apartment rental applicants is now in effect.

The ordinance, sponsored by Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson, originally passed the full County Board in April, and the rules to implement the measure passed in late November. The ordinance takes effect December 31 in time to provide critical protections before Chicago temperatures start to nosedive.

The ordinance will be enforced by the Cook County Human Rights Commission, an 11-member board mandated to protect county residents from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations.

As Chicago heads into the depth of winter and thousands of homeless individuals struggle to find shelter, an estimated one million Cook County residents with conviction histories will get historic new protections against housing discrimination, giving them a fair shot at accessing stable housing when the Just Housing Ordinance takes effect next week.

The measure will protect predominantly people of color and individuals with disabilities from being denied housing based solely on their conviction history.

Instead, landlords will be required to conduct individual assessments and determine if an applicant has met all other qualifications before considering criminal backgrounds.

“We know that Black and Brown people are more likely to be arrested and have their records used against them when trying to secure housing, sentencing them to a lifetime of housing insecurity and potential homelessness,” Johnson said.

“Our ordinance begins to reverse that racial and economic discrimination, giving folks a fair chance to access stable housing so they can begin to build better lives for themselves and their families.”

National and local data point to the critical need for the new ordinance.

One in three Americans have an arrest record and nearly 50 percent of children nationwide have a parent with a record, meaning the demand for fair housing policies is a national crisis.

In Cook County alone, more than 13,000 people left the Illinois Department of Corrections in 2017 needing to find homes that allow them to hold jobs and re-establish ties with families, children and their communities. But a national study that included Illinois found that four out of five survey respondents reported being denied or found ineligible for housing due to their own criminal record or that of a loved one.

Studies also show that when individuals re-enter communities with access to stable housing they are seven times less likely to end up back in prison.

“Our ordinance addresses age-old, systemic racial injustices that have plagued our county, city and state for far too long,” Johnson added. “But it’s also a way to ensure safe and stable communities, which is something everyone in Cook County desperately wants.”

A coalition of more than 110 organizations and individuals with lived experience of housing discrimination, organized under the Just Housing Initiative, supported the ordinance and worked for its passage. The initiative’s member organizations include social service providers, community organizers, legal and policy experts and housing and criminal justice advocates.





 



Recent Headlines

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: 1,645 new known COVID-19 cases reported as state releases $46 million from federal relief act to 2,655 small businesses
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Looting has city, county, state officials pointing fingers in all directions
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
The Daily Line

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: 3 states removed from Chicago’s travel quarantine list; 1,549 new confirmed cases, 20 deaths reported
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Chicago Tribune

County, federal courts closed today
Monday, August 10, 2020
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

State’s Attorney Kim Foxx bristles at insinuation her office’s handling of earlier cases emboldened looters
Monday, August 10, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Foxx bashes ‘dishonest blame games,’ calls for ‘honest conversation’ after night of looting
Monday, August 10, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago needs leaders, not elected officials looking for scapegoats
Monday, August 10, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Foxx Pushes Back on Criticism From Lightfoot, Brown After Looting
Monday, August 10, 2020
WTTW News

New Cook County ethics rules due for September resurrection as appointed board nears 6-month hiatus
Monday, August 10, 2020
The Daily Line

Kim Foxx drops more felony cases as Cook County state’s attorney than her predecessor, Tribune analysis shows
Monday, August 10, 2020
Chicago Tribune

How we analyzed Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s record on dropped cases
Monday, August 10, 2020
Chicago Tribune

State offering $5,000 grants for tenants struggling to pay rent amid pandemic. Here’s how to apply
Monday, August 10, 2020

Preckwinkle: Dramatic rise in suicides among Cook County's Black population
Sunday, August 09, 2020
Daily Herald

1,382 New COVID-19 Cases in Illinois, 8 Additional Deaths
Sunday, August 09, 2020
WTTW News

‘The need remains critical’: Rent and mortgage relief arrives as state, county announce $320 million in grants
Saturday, August 08, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Preckwinkle Announces COVID-19 Recovery Rental Assistance Program
Saturday, August 08, 2020
Journal and Topics Online

Aug. 7 Brings a Disturbing Trend: Evanston Had 12 New COVID-19 Cases, Suburban Cook County Had 535, and the State Had 2,084
Friday, August 07, 2020
Evanston RoundTable

Cook County Officials Launch Rental Assistance Grants for Suburban Residents
Friday, August 07, 2020
WTTW News

County launches $20 million rent help program
Friday, August 07, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

‘We’re in really, really uncharted territory,’ Kim Foxx says of gun violence in Chicago
Friday, August 07, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP